First Dentist Visit
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, your child’s first dentist visit should happen when the first tooth arrives or their fist birthday, whichever comes first.
Your child’s permanent teeth are developing beneath the gums and beneath their baby teeth. A pediatric dentist will ensure everything is developing normally in your child’s mouth, and give you some good habits to develop for infant oral care.
First Visit Free for Kids Under 3
Jr. Smiles® offers a free ‘Starter Kit’ where our pediatric dentists will examine your child for free if it’s their first visit to our office and they are under 3 years of age.
Too Young to be Nervous
Children under a year old are too young to be nervous or anxious about the dentist but delaying the first visit until your child is older means calming their anxiety of visiting the (unknown) dentist.
Furthermore, waiting until they are two or three years old increases the plaque on their teeth, and the risk of cavities and tooth decay, not a good precedent.
What Happens on the First Dentist Visit?
Your child’s first visit is an opportunity to explore the instruments, and ‘take a ride in the chair’! The Jr. Smiles® staff works hard to develop familiarity and positive connections with your child.
Your Child’s First Dental Checkup
While your child is exploring, our Jr. Smiles® pediatric dentist will look in their mouth, check for cavities, and evaluate your child’s gums, jaw, and bite.
In addition, we look for bottle decay, frenum issues, or other problems that may affect teeth, speech patterns and smiles.
Take a Virtual Tour of Our Facilities
Our facility was created in the spirit of making kids comfortable and creating an inviting atmosphere.
From open spaces and fun colors, to a gift area that sends each kid home with a smile on their face and a toy in their hand, Jr. Smiles® aims to make your child’s visit to the dentist an enjoyable experience.
See for yourself by taking our virtual tour!
Book Your Child’s Appointment Now
Come visit us in Thornton at 9645 Washington St., Suite 100.
We look forward to meeting you, and helping your child grow with great dental health.
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